Friday, May 31, 2013

Hide and Seek, Adorable

This short video absolutely fascinates me. A toddler wearing a video camera on her head and playing hide and seek with her father: the result is viewing the world from the perspective of a two year old and it's quite powerful. At times, I felt like this was a fake, reality video done by some large brand hoping to create a viral video, but there doesn't seem to be any product placements, so I think it's genuine.

If you are in the mood to soften your heart a bit and let out a couple of 'awwwh' and 'too cute' then take 2 minutes and watch.


Monday, May 13, 2013

London circa 1927 and London circa 2127

I recently came across this film titled Claude Frisse-Greene (see below) and posted to Vimeo by Tim Sparke (@sparkey). It is color footage of 1920s London and it's almost unbelievable. I actually didn't believe it was real when I first watched it. Then, as I was entranced by it and the music done by Jonquil and Yann Tiersen, I started to wonder about the individuals in the film and what happened to their lives.

Are they still alive today and leaving in London?
Would we be able to recognize and find them?
How cool would it be to spot your father or grandfather or great aunt or sister in this film?

Then it made me think that future generations to come will be able to run a simple face recognition tool and identify individuals across random footage, ala Minority Report. How cool will that be?

This reminded me of an article by Hugh Hart in The New Yorker titled "Buidling the Future, One Crazy Idea at a Time" The article covers the Science of Fiction Conference that took place in Los Angeles in April by the 5D Institute.

In association with USC, the conference brought together top experts across fields to imagine what future worlds could be. The goal for participants was to leave with "a first-person perspective on the strategies, technologies, and creative development of narrative media through World Building in the 21st century." Sounds amazing, right? I would have loved to participate but for now, I'm happy with a look inside with their live stream archive here.

 
London in 1927 from Tim Sparke on Vimeo.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Mr. Toilet Man

I first heard about World Toilet Organization when I was working with John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan on their book, The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World. A must read if you are interested in learning about all the amazing work that is being done across the world to make all our lives better.

Just this week, I came across this great short documentary on Mr. Toilet's mission. The documentary is part of GE's Focus Forward campaign that has been going on for the last 18 months. GE has sponsored the work of 30 documentarist telling the stories of the people that are making the world a better place. It's a great initiative and you can check out all the documentaries on youtube and vimeo. Click here.

 

 To buy The Power of Unreasonable People, click here.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Always do what scares you the most

My father has given me countless priceless words of wisdom throughout the years but one that has always resonated since I was a teenager was when in doubt, alway choose to do what scares you the most. I've followed this advice many times and always with no regrets, so I can't help but recommend. Here's a good Ted talk on how to think about Fear as something other than a negative and instead as inspirational. Enjoy.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Episodic Storytelling

Since my first writing workshop back in 1995, I've been in love with episodic storytelling. There is a continuity that parallels real life, which in today's real time consumption seems all the more relevant. I was pleasantly surprised to see the slide below in Goodreads presentation. Apparently, I'm not the only one interested in episodic storytelling. According to Goodreads, 49% of readers that participated in the survey would be interested in reading a book in serial format. That's actually quite a large percentage.

 

To see the full presentation, click here.